Last Sunday night, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda crossed the Little Colorado River Gorge, the physics of which were deeply impressive. (Physics was not my strongest subject. Anybody who harnesses it like that totally floors me.)
For similarly defying stunts—some completely unintentional—check out
And Nobody Got Hurt: Sportscaster Len Berman mentions some bizarre feats, customs, and injuries in various sports.
For stories on tightropes, check out
Mirette on the High Wire. Winner of a Caldecott medal, this is the story of a girl who learns wire-walking from Bellini, the best there is… or was. Can Mirette help him set aside his fear?
Starring Mirette & Bellini. The duo perform in St. Petersburg, where Mirette learns the plight of revolutionaries after Bellini is imprisoned for supporting them.
High Wire Henry. A cat learns the tightrope because he’s jealous of his humans’ new puppy, with unexpected results.